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February 16, 2016

Where can scientists illegally download more than 47 million research papers?

Answer: Sci-Hub

February 12, 2016

California to Pilot Statewide Open Data Portal

Officials announce plans for a next-gen open data portal for agencies and departments.

February 12, 2016

Google Patents Self-Driving Delivery Truck Idea

The company has won protection for the concept of using its autonomous vehicle technology, currently under development, to deliver packages to customers in the future.

February 12, 2016

Washington Water Basin Bill Held up in Congress

Disagreements about how to address the poisoned water crisis in Flint, Mich., has stalled previously promising negotiations on the energy bill.

February 12, 2016

Massachusetts IT Nabs Boston's Data Scientist for State-Level Position

Boston's principal data scientist announced a move to MassIT and hinted at a transformation of his past work into something grander.

February 12, 2016

Is Twitter’s New 'Moments' Feature Worth the Hype for Government?

Twitter's new feature will voluntarily move posts to the top of a users' newsfeed, which may be a valuable feature for organizations trying to push a message to its followers.

February 12, 2016

Google Search Nailed the New Hampshire Primary

This is the first U.S. presidential election in which Google is releasing the real-time results of trending search queries -- and it has been accurate for both Iowa and New Hampshire.

February 12, 2016

Data Protection, Privacy Bills Make their Way Through Wyoming State House

A bill that legislates what to do with your social media profiles postmortem and another that requires state agencies to outline acceptable social media behavior are being discussed in the legislature.

February 12, 2016

10 Skills Necessary to Launch a Startup

When launching a startup, not everyone realizes all the different hats necessary to run a successful business. Here's a list of important skills vital for success.

February 12, 2016

Wyoming Considers Bill to Protect Students’ Social Media, Email Accounts from Schools

Any information the student makes publicly available would still be fair game, and school employees would still be able to conduct investigations into students where their online presence is relevant – they just can’t demand the username/password.

February 12, 2016

University in Tulsa, Okla., Promotes Healthy Lifestyle by Requiring Students to Buy, Wear Fitbit Trackers

Oral Roberts University has taken its commitment to student health to the next level by requiring all students to wear a Fitbit tracker and walk at least 10,000 steps daily.

February 12, 2016

ACLU Sues Tacoma, Wash., Police for Secret Data Collection

Local residents are bothered that the Stingray devices -- which allow police to track cell phones -- were not disclosed to the public before implementation.

February 12, 2016

Why Are So Many Tech Companies Moving to Kansas City, Mo.?

Missouri has offered economic incentives and an environment for young businesses to thrive. Owners of recently emigrated companies have been impressed by the welcome it has received.

February 12, 2016

Occupation Near Burns, Ore., Served as Nation’s First Facebook Faceoff

With the Oregon occupation coming to an end, we are able to look back at how events unfolded on social media platforms.

February 12, 2016

Nevada Holds Steadfast to Solar Rate Hikes

Since the decision in December, solar advocates have waged a vocal campaign against the commission, urging it to reconsider its decision.

February 12, 2016

Will Bus Rapid Transit Replace Light Rails Across the Country?

Hampton Roads, Va., will conduct a study to measure the effectiveness of a rapid bus system rather than a light rail system.

February 12, 2016

Waze Partners With Local Governments to Enhance Mobility

The Google-owned community-based traffic and navigation app has been growing steadily and providing congestion data to city governments to help ease commutes.

February 12, 2016

What do a fake head, a rocking chair and typewriter have in common?

Answer: They’re all recent additions to Google’s online collection of artifacts and artwork.

February 11, 2016

National Police Crime Database Houses Arrests, Shootings, In-Custody Deaths

The Sunlight Foundation has launched the "Hall of Justice," a state-by-state repository of criminal justice data that cumulatively indicates a need for major policy reforms.

February 11, 2016

Early Ideas for Smart City Challenge Include Self-Driving Shuttles, Adaptive Traffic Lights

Though the U.S. Department of Transportation isn't releasing details of any of the 77 applications it's received for its Smart City Challenge until March 12, city officials have divulged pieces of their plans to local media outlets across the country.